Coach Tom is in his fourth year as head coach of the
Stingrays. He coaches the Senior Elite and
Developmental groups on the year round team and the 8
& unders on the Stingray summer team. During his time with the
Stingrays, 5 athletes have achieved individual YMCA National
Championship short course and he coached Hannah Cech to Lakota's
first ever Long Course YMCA National Champion and USA Summer Junior
National qualifying time.
Tom brings a wealth of experience from 15 years of coaching
beginning in his hometown of Indianapolis, IN and at Ball State
University where he swam collegiately. He has coached swimmers to
the Florida high school state championships, state, regional and
national levels. Before coming to the Lakota Stingrays, Tom coached
in South Florida and Michigan. With such a broad breadth of
experiences, Tom coaches the entire swimmer with the hopes of
instilling excellent work ethic, dedication, respect, and
responsibility through the challenges and successes exprienced
through the sport of swimming. Our swimmers are members of a
broader community where they are encouraged to take part and become
embassadors for our YMCA and the sport of swimming.
Aside from coaching, Tom is also an active member United States
Masters Swimming. When not coaching a practice, Tom is usually seen
swimming his own workout or spending a weekend competing in a
local masters swim meet. Tom holds several Ohio LMSC records in his
age group and has numerous national top-10 performances. Coach
Tom is level 3 educated life-long member of the American Swimming
Coaches Association. Coach Tom also serves on the board of the
Tri-County Swim League and the Southwest Ohio YMCA Swim League.
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Coach Adam is proud to be joining the Stingrays' coaching
staff with the Intermediate groups. Previously, Adam coached
at the Blue Ash Y for nearly 10 years. After starting
out with the 10 & Under groups, Adam spent the last 5 years
with the 13-14+ age group. During those years, multiple
swimmers qualified for YMCA Nationals; the 13-14 boys won
their age group 3 straight times at the SWOYSL Championships.
Coach Adam has swum nearly his whole life. He swam
as an age group swimmer in Maryland before moving to Cincinnati,
and swimming for Indian Hill High School. Adam then swam in
college for Washington & Lee University, and has continued to
swim as a Masters swimmer.
Coach Adam is a Level 4 life-long member of the American
Swim Coaches Association. His goal is to educate and engage
all of his swimmers in a positive environment.
Coach Miriam is in her 7th year coaching with the Stingrays
as the Intermediate groups coach. She's been around the
Cincinnati swimming area for over 15 years. Currently, she serves
as an executive board member of the Southwest Ohio YMCA Swim League
and Tri-County Swim League.
Coach Taylor is a recent graduate of Miami University in
Elementary Education. She is in her third year as the Junior
groups lead coach where she has had numerous swimmers qualify for
the AA Championships and the Ohio Swimming Junior Olympics. During
the day, Taylor is a third grade teacher in the Sycamore School
Volunteer Assistant Coach
Jeff joins us this season helping with our Developmental group.
He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from many years
of working with age group swimmers and we are excited to have him
help teach the strokes and skills to be legal in all four
competitive strokes. Jeff also has a daughter on the swim team.
Volunteer Assistant Coach
Coach Heidi is in her third year coaching the senior
groups. She swam for St. Petersburg Aquatics growing up, and
continued her swimming career at Davidson College. Heidi first got
into coaching while in graduate school at Tulane University. After
beginning a teaching career in chemistry, Heidi has coached high
school, club and masters. She is an active member of United States